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Secret Worlds of Colin Fletcher

by Colin Fletcher

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In books such as The Complete Walker and The Man Who Walked Through Time, Colin Fletcher has established a reputation as a literate and witty apostle of roughing it. Secret Worlds of Colin Fletcher is a highly personal celebration of solitary backpacking (and day walking, too), in the wild places of the world, and of all the attendant pleasures: of finding a foothold in difficult terrain, of catching a glimpse of an unsuspecting coyote, of healing the wounds that civilization inevitably inflicts on human nature--of simply "mucking about." Overflowing with fresh descriptions of nature and with the wisdom of a curmudgeonly Thoreau, this book is a must for backpackers and all unconstrained spirits.… (more)
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In this book, Fletcher's attitude is a little different. In his "Complete walker, and his book on hiking the grand Canyon, he hiked to see the wild places all through the hike. In this book, Fletcher mor often has a destination and wants to appreciate the wildness of the destination. This is different than apreciating the entire hike equally. Fletcher now wants to stay in the wild place, not to keep hiking to check out what is around the bend. Hiking is now a tool. In "The Complete Walker" hiking was more the goal, not the tool to the goal.

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In books such as The Complete Walker and The Man Who Walked Through Time, Colin Fletcher has established a reputation as a literate and witty apostle of roughing it. Secret Worlds of Colin Fletcher is a highly personal celebration of solitary backpacking (and day walking, too), in the wild places of the world, and of all the attendant pleasures: of finding a foothold in difficult terrain, of catching a glimpse of an unsuspecting coyote, of healing the wounds that civilization inevitably inflicts on human nature--of simply "mucking about." Overflowing with fresh descriptions of nature and with the wisdom of a curmudgeonly Thoreau, this book is a must for backpackers and all unconstrained spirits.

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